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Diagnosis of valvular heart disease is one of the specialties of the cardiologists a The Heart Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Our doctors can identify specific heart valve problems and assist in evaluating care options in order to find the treatment that is best for you.
Valvular heart disease is an abnormality in any of the four valves of the heart. Working like doors to open when the heart pumps blood, and close when it relaxes, these valves keep blood flowing in the proper direction. The four valves are named: tricuspid, pulmonary, mitral and aortic.
Many people with valvular heart disease have no symptoms or problems in their lifetime. A heart valve problem may be found during a routine physical exam. For others, valvular heart disease slowly worsens over time, often by middle or older age. Symptoms can vary depending on which valve is not working properly:
Basic tests will include:
Additional tests might include:
The goals of treatment are symptom relief, prevention of further damage to the heart valve and repair or replacement of the diseased valve, if necessary. There are no medications that can cure a diseased heart valve or stop it from leaking. Medications may be prescribed to relieve symptoms and lower the risk of complications.
The cardiologists of The Heart Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, diagnose and treat heart diseases including coronary artery disease (CAD), heart attack and high blood pressure. Mercy's heart doctors take a comprehensive approach to treating patients through physical examinations and thorough testing using arrhythmic monitoring, cardiac catheterization, cardioversion, consultative cardiology, electrocardiogram (EKG), pacemaker, stress testing and transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE).
Dr. Mark Goldstein is Board Certified in Cardiology and Internal Medicine. He provides diagnosis and treatment for heart conditions as well as screenings and non-invasive testing.
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